Enigma Code Machine Photos


I was at the Cheltenham Science Festival today (with the girls, never too early to get girls interested in Science!!) and there a stand from GCHQ (UK Government Communications Headquarters which is the centre for Her Majesty’s Government’s Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) activities) and they had a genuine Enigma Code machine on display. It was working and able to encode and decode – just like during the war.

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This unit was made in 1937. This photo shows the overall unit. Note the three code wheels just above the lights that are part of the pre-shared key for the unit.

 

The next photo shows the front code selectors which used jumper leads in a preset configuration. Note the spare leads in the lid on the previous photo. The jumpers were connected according to predetermined pattern (pre-shared key) for a given day of the week.

 

Instructions, in German. Just above this was row where spare bulbs for the unit were kept (and some spares still exist)

A closer view of the keyboard and code selectors.